Where Does Your Hope Lie?
Written by: Kailee Potgeter
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The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
- Psalm 27:1-3
What sort of worries and fears are resting on your shoulders? Where does your hope lie when the world and those in it let us down? In this crazy, spinning world, it can be so easy to feel overwhelmed, lost, and alone, like you’re battling with sin and the devil constantly. Our world is and forever will be imperfect. But the good news is that we don’t have to rely on the world. If we did, we would constantly be let down.
But our Lord is so much greater than us, and God promises us safety in His arms. We have no reason to fear. With the constant uncertainties in today’s society, the pressures from the media, and constant temptations, it can feel as though you are alone and susceptible to failure. However, if God is in our hearts, we have no reason to fear. Psalm 27:1 states, “The Lord is my light and my salvation - so why should I be afraid?”
Fear is not a product of the Lord, but a product of our imperfect world. God promises to protect us from danger, why should we be afraid? Even when things do not go the way we have intended, He is still in control. This is so easy to say, and so hard to implement. Sometimes God’s protection looks different than expected. For example, never would I have imagined I would live through a worldwide pandemic, but I know that the Lord is still in control. We are called to praise the Lord in all circumstances, even when they don’t align with our idealistic expectations. God is always keeping us safe and has a plan so much larger and glorious than we could ever imagine.
I hope that you continue to look for the positives in the dark times and rest in the assurance of God as our protector and Father.
1. Where are you searching for security?
2. How would it feel to rest all of your worries and fears on God’s shoulders?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your promise of security. Thank You for being a shoulder I can always lean on. Help me to remember that You are always in control, even when the world lets me down. I pray that You remind me to be grateful and praise You in every situation.
In Your name I pray, Amen.
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